Opinion

Dunio will rely on heart and soul

Letters to the Editor

I would enthusiastically cast a vote for my friend Matt Dunio for district judge on May 21. I remember meeting Dunio when we were both scrawny young men with a whole lot of heart and soul. I watched him as an inexperienced amateur boxer compete in the Toughman competition, a big deal back ...

McCaffrey’s thinking will benefit HASD

Letters to the Editor

Tom McCaffrey has the background, skill and personal traits to be an exemplary member of the Hollidaysburg Area School Board. McCaffrey has dedicated his life to ensuring that all children are given the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential. He was a teacher and coach, is the father ...

Spradling works well with young people

Letters to the Editor

I am writing about the upcoming Altoona Area School Board election. One of the candidates running is Devin Spradling. I know his main goal is to stop bullying. If anyone can do this Spradling can. If I could vote for him, I would and so would my family. He knows how to interact with young ...

Erb finds solutions to difficult issues

Letters to the Editor

As someone who has worked closely with county government, I have directly witnessed commissioner Bruce Erb’s leadership, honesty and sincerity towards difficult issues, particularly adequate services for those suffering from mental illness within the Blair County Prison. For numerous ...

Dunio has shown integrity, fairness

Letters to the Editor

Residents of Allegheny and Logan Township on May 21 can elect an exceptional person as magisterial district judge. In a time when our community needs an experienced individual with the integrity and fairness that is required as judge, Matt Dunio exceeds the criteria. Dunio has 11 years in ...

Strategy needed on NS plans

Editorials

No information has been forthcoming about whether Norfolk Southern’s adoption of what’s being called “precision-scheduled railroading,” or PSR, will impact this railroad city in a negative way. For now, that silence is good news. However, Altoona would prefer an announcement that ...

Logan Twp. should look out for taxpayer

Letters to the Editor

In 2015, Blair County officials advised county municipalities that the 2016 Property Tax Reassessment would likely be revenue neutral. Late in 2016, after new assessments were being challenged via the appeal process, Logan Township staff advised board of supervisor members of possible ...

Warren would fit on Superior Court

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in support of Rebecca Warren for Superior Court, who was elected as the first female District Attorney in Montour County. Over the past 27 years, Warren has handled civil and criminal cases at the county, state and federal court levels. While serving as a prosecutor, Warren ...

Legislature needs to reject bailout

Letters to the Editor

It is inexcusable that Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering a massive, taxpayer-funded bailout worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year for nuclear power plants. According to PJM Interconnection — our regional electric grid operator — Pennsylvania will have enough power generation ...

Smilnak brings good qualities to HASD

Letters to the Editor

As a parent of two young boys in the Hollidaysburg Area School District as well as a coach within the wrestling program that Jen Smilnak chairs, I have witnessed her consistently act with poise and character in high pressure, community based atmospheres. As Smilnak’s boss at Food Service ...

Kreuz keeps interest of community at heart

Letters to the Editor

I have known Ed Kreuz for quite some time. I find him to be honest in all my dealings with him. He is a man of integrity. He has served on the Altoona Area School Board, along with me, for the past year and a half. When issues come up, he always does his homework to research the issue and he ...

Webster has shown experience, logic

Letters to the Editor

We have some experienced politicians running for the position of Blair County commissioner in the 2019 primary. The question is do we need a politician for the job? Remember the fairness and transparency of the reassessment process? Isn’t it time for a change? Amy Webster is not a ...

Benzel can filter fact from fiction

Letters to the Editor

As a retired Pennsylvania State Trooper, I support Rick Benzel’s campaign to be district judge. I know Rick Benzel well. He has the character to be a great judge. He has integrity. He is truthful to a fault. He always does the right thing, even if it is difficult or to his ...

Burke will strive to implement change

Letters to the Editor

Laura Burke is the best candidate for Blair County commissioner. She will strive to implement policy changes for improving pay and working conditions for county employees, improving efficiency and transparency for the Blair County Prison and realistically evaluating tax reassessment ...

Kaneshiki benefits from her experience

Letters to the Editor

I am writing to give my support and endorsement to Lois Kaneshiki for the Hollidaysburg Area School Board. Kaneshiki has great experience and years of involvement with the school district. I’ve never worked with any person who has more interest in the outcome and well-being of the students ...

Erb committed to county’s future

Letters to the Editor

As a high school senior at Hollidaysburg Area High School, I am concerned about the future of our county. The county commissioners race is coming up, and there is one candidate for commissioner whom I believe will continue to do the right job. Bruce Erb has helped create the first ...

Jackson’s strong will can lead Altoona

Letters to the Editor

I am writing with intention, to show my support for Altoona mayoral candidate Bridgette Jackson. I have lived in this area 97 percent of my life. Never have I been more excited to see someone who is driven to improve this city — not only with listening to the city’s citizens but improving ...

Police background helps separate Dunio

Letters to the Editor

I recommend Logan Township police officer Matt Dunio for magisterial district judge. I have known Dunio for over 20 years. He is an example for all law enforcement officers throughout Blair County. He is a fair person who treats others with respect and dignity. Blair County residents ...

McCaffrey will put children’s needs first

Letters to the Editor

We have had the privilege of knowing Tom McCaffrey for almost 20 years. He changed careers later in life, going back to school to achieve his dream of teaching children. Everything he has done professionally since then he has always put the children first. It is time to put partisan ...

Webster best suited to represent county

Letters to the Editor

Amy Webster is first of all a mother with strong Christian values. She is not a politician but an experienced business owner, attorney, real estate broker and taxpayer advocate who cares about protecting taxpayers and property values. She is hard working, caring and generous with her ...